Curriculum Specialist, UTeach Computer Science

Justin Cannady is the Curriculum Specialist for UTeach Computer Science. This involves supporting computer science teachers through professional development and curricular materials for their classroom.

During his eight-year tenure in secondary education, Justin taught math and computer science (virtually and face-to-face) in both private and public schools. Versed in instructional design, Justin has created a fully adopted curriculum for courses such as AP Computer Science Principles and finite mathematics. Justin mentors new computer science teachers through the National Math and Science Initiative and recently participated in the first AP Computer Science Principles Exam Reading. Passionate about equity in computer science education, he has been active in organizations such as NCWIT and Girls Who Code.

Justin earned his Bachelor's degree in Mathematics and Master's degree in Math Education from the University of Montevallo. After obtaining his National Board Certification in Mathematics, he began his doctoral coursework in Curriculum & Instruction with an emphasis in Instructional Technology and Design at the University of West Florida. He plans to pursue research in the efficacy of project-based learning in computer science education. Video games, 3D printing, and spending time with his daughters consumes much of his spare time. He also enjoys cooking and listening to audiobooks.